ERIC Number: ED155548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-22
Reference Count: 0
Internal-External Locus of Control in Middle and Later Life: The Search for Construct Validation.
Bielby, Denise D.; Siegler, Ilene C.
This study validates the developmental nature of internal-external locus of control in middle and old age. Longitudinal stability of locus of control in the face of particular changes in social milieu common during the transition from middle to late life was contrasted with that of verbal intelligence, a known stable characteristic, and that of affect balance, a mood indicator which is more influenced by changes in individual circumstances. Longitudinal data from the Duke Adaptation Study, in which 171 men and 174 women who initially ranged in age from 46 to 69 years were tested four times over an eight-year period, were used to estimate a separate path analytic model for each sex. While stability of locus of control across time is intermediate between verbal intelligence and affect balance, at all assessments it is closer in magnitude to affect balance. Cross wave coefficients of locus of control and affect balance are consistently smaller for women than for men, which is partially due to a greater sensitivity among women to changes in past and current social milieu. Results identify a differential nature of locus of control. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (30th, San Francisco, California, November, 1977)